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February 15, 2009

A Run Round the West Bank

Filed under: Running — scotsabroad @ 6:41 pm


Flew down to Upper Egypt at the weekend to do the Luxor Run (22.289km). Was a bit concerned about completing the run as I’d aggravated my dodgy ankle playing football a few weeks ago. What a setting. Run started at 7am so traveled to the start at Hatschepsut  Temple across the river on the National Ferry in the dark. Had to be early to pick up my number. Very cold. Caught a pick-up to the temple and watched the sky fill with the first light of day and hot air balloons. Run consists of two circuits on the West Bank starting and finishing at Hatschepsut, passing the temples of Amenophis and Habu, on past the Kolosses of Memnon and a wee bit up the Valley of the Kings road before looping back. Practically all the roads we had cycled on last December. Not my finest half marathon time (just around 2 hours, but this was longer than the standard half marathon) and I did finish hot, snotty and sore but still thrilled to have run it and maybe thinking I’ve been too harsh describing most of  the new Springsteen album as rubbish. Great experience riding in the local pick-ups, squashed in the back and helping to move children and baggage from the front to the back, watching anxiously as youngsters hung off the back of the truck as it laboured down the road to the ferry dock. Smiles all round. Returned to Cairo on Friday night missing out on the Gala dinner – so didn’t get my medal. Would do this run again. Hope to be injury free for the Sharm  El Sheikh half marathon on Friday 13th March. Thanks Hisham, from Event Sports , for sending the photographs.




  1. well done Andy, what an experience, hope the ankle heals

    Comment by ian — February 17, 2009 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  2. you have changed the picture to one with hot air baloons – makes it looks almost mystical, what an experience

    Comment by ian — February 18, 2009 @ 10:09 am | Reply

  3. Well done Andy. What a get up and goer you are.

    Comment by Shari — February 18, 2009 @ 1:01 pm | Reply

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